Dulcimer Daze returns to MHCA

Thursday August 15, 2013

WILMINGTON -- MHCA, formerly Memorial Hall Center for the Arts, will present Don Pedi, Atwater-Donnelly and John & Heidi Cerrigione in "August Dulcimer Daze" on Saturday at 7:30 p.m., at Memorial Hall.

Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for students through high school. For tickets, call 802-464-8411 or visit www.memhall.org.

Don Pedi started playing the dulcimer in 1968. His love for old-time fiddle music, heard in rich doses in southern Appalachia, was the inspiration for his quest to reproduce that mountain fiddle sound on the dulcimer. He plays fiddle tunes up to speed, including all the notes, with a fiddle shuffle feel and the dynamics of the best fiddlers. He has won more than 30 first place trophies and awards, has appeared three times on TNN’s "Fire on the Mountain", and also on CBS’s "This Morning." He played the dulcimer for the scores of "The Journey of August King" and "Songcatcher."

The award-winning duo, Atwater-Donnelly, performs a unique blend of traditional American and Celtic folk music and dance, along with original songs and poetry. The highly praised husband-wife duo blend gorgeous vocals with an astonishing array of instruments including the mountain dulcimer, old-time banjo, tin whistle, guitar, limberjack, mandolin, harmonica, feet and more. Based in Rhode Island, Aubrey Atwater and Elwood Donnelly have traveled extensively for 23 years in the United States, Ireland, England and Canada. They have produced six books, a film, and have 12 recordings that receive international airplay.

The acoustic duo, John & Heidi Cerrigione, from Ellington, Conn., offer a simple brand of old-time acoustic music. Their instrumentation includes autoharp, hammered and mountain dulcimer, banjo, guitar and acoustic bass. Their tunes are drawn from many traditional sources, including fiddle and dance music of early America, the British Isles and Switzerland. Jigs, reels, hornpipes and waltzes all find a place in the lineup.

They have performed and taught workshops at various festivals across the country. In 2003, they released their first duet recording titled, "Wood Stoves and Bread Loaves." Their second duet recording, titled "Winter’s Turning," was released in 2006. "Joy to the World," their third duo project, was released in 2009 and is an instrumental Christmas CD containing 16 melodies.

MHCA is a non-profit arts organization with the mission of presenting arts entertainment, providing arts education and developing artistic expression for southern Vermont and the environs. The 2013 Summer and Fall Arts Festival is MHCA’s 17th season. MHCA is supported by member donations, corporate sponsorships,and grants. Visit memhall.org for information.


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